Thursday, May 17, 2012

Are Some Ron Paul Supporters Going Rogue?

Lew Rockwell points to a column appearing in the Christian Science Monitor that says:

Are some Ron Paul supporters going rogue and confronting the Republican Party in a manner of which Mr. Paul himself would not approve?

That question arises due to what went down on the evening of May 15 at a meeting of the Clark County GOP in Nevada. At the confab, Paul supporters pushed through a resolution rebuking Republican National Committee chief Reince Priebus and calling on him to resign his post due to his decision to merge some RNC fundraising with that of presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney...

Call us sensitive, but insisting that that head of your party resign for helping the person who is the virtually certain nominee does not seem very decorous to us. And that’s what some analysts have pointed out: Paul’s supporters may not yet have given up on the campaign, despite the fact that the man they support has indicated that Mr. Romney is going to win the nomination.

“Interesting to see how this sort of thing develops in coming months ... Paul and Paul supporter divergence,” tweeted Josh Putnam, delegate-counting expert and Davidson College political scientist, on Wednesday.
Lew adds this comment about the column:
Or is their reaction a normal one to being stepped on by Power?


  1. Ron Paul hasn't said he's giving up on the nomination yet - that's media spin. He's said he's giving up on campaigning for the primaries/beauty contests since there's no way he can spend as much money as Romney in advertising, and it's way too easy for the GOP to manipulate the results either with electronic voting machines or secret counts. Trying to win the primaries would be a waste of his supporter's money, and Ron Paul is a fiscal conservative no matter what you're talking about - even when it comes to his campaign money. That's why he raised more than any other candidate other than Romney and still has money in the bank.
    Anyway it's the delegate elections that actually matter, and Dr. Paul has a great chance to continue winning the delegate contests, like the 10 states he's already won over Mitt Romney. Concentrating on the delegate election caucuses makes alot of sense because the votes in local caucuses are usually counted in the open (often video taped) so it's much harder for the GOP to cheat, unless they do so openly like what happened in Idaho and Arizona.

    So Dr. Paul's having one final money bomb today to raise money to support the efforts to win in those delegate elections, and we'll have to see how many he wins. Dr. Paul's delegate count is climbing very quickly at this point, and while he's not going to beat Mitt Romney, he's got a great chance of making sure Romney doesn't reach 1,144 on the first ballot.

  2. "Josh Putnam, delegate-counting expert"
    How do you get that accolade?

    1. It's also known as "ballot box stuffer."

  3. Putnam must be great with an abacus.

  4. I thought commingling of funds constituted fraud. Just because the GOP is a private organization doesn't mean it can mis-allocate funds donated for another purpose.

    So, the Paulians are just supposed to shrug and say "Whatever..."???

    It's enough to give you a persecution complex. Oh, Uh, Wait...

  5. It is against Party rules to promote any candidate in a convention if the nomination is not locked up. So the Establishment GOP broke the rules. Nothing new there, but what is new is that some people actually have a spine (Ron Paul supporters) and are standing up to the GOP's tactics.

    It's not decorum to just let it go. Decorum is not being cheating, lying, corrupt bastards in the first place. I don't want to read another word from a libertarian telling me to behave. It's the GOP that needs to behave. Period.

  6. So this is the respect Romney is showing the Paul people? By simply disagreeing with their elected positions as state party heads and creating another party?

    Gee, I wonder how Romney would act as president if the congress did something he didn't like or wouldn't do his bidding?

  7. "Gee, I wonder how Romney would act as president if the congress did something he didn't like or wouldn't do his bidding?"

    Take a page from Yeltsin's book and shell them, perhaps. Congress richly deserves it. (Not that Romney is any better).

  8. I see this as a case of: Things change very slowly, until they don't.

    Paul’s ideas are starting to take hold with or without him as a figure head. The internet is our stick, government narrative is the piƱata, and liberty is the prize. I'm ready for my blind fold mister speaker.